Natasha Rizopoulos

Natasha Rizopoulos

A former dancer, Natasha Rizopoulos began practicing yoga in her 20s. Her teaching style combines an emphasis on precise alignment with a commitment to finding joy and ease in the practice. She is celebrated for her ability to communicate the essence of a pose or an action, exploring and explaining the theory and practice in a manner that immediately connects students to their yoga in profound and transformative ways.

A dedicated Ashtanga practitioner for over a decade, Natasha studied in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She has also always been deeply influenced by the Iyengar system. These two traditions form the basis of her teaching technique, combining the heat and energy of Ashtanga with the precision and attention to detail of the Iyengar method. In her teaching Natasha weaves these two styles together so that students can become fully alive to potential in their own yoga.

Natasha is the featured teacher in Yoga Journal’s Yoga Step-by-Step DVD series, has been a contributing editor and writer for Yoga Journal, and appeared in the photo essay Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book. Over her 20-year career she has traveled extensively, leading workshops and teacher trainings around the world. In the last few years she has added online courses and practices on a variety of topics through Yoga University. For more about Natasha visit her website or read the recent cover story about her in LA Yoga Magazine.

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Natasha Rizopoulos
  • Backbends part 2 with Natasha R

    In this backbending practice, we’ll bring more awareness, strength and movement to the thoracic, a part of the spine that tends to get stiffer and more rounded over time. The class will focus on poses that bring more intelligence and mobility to this region, using a series of progressive backbend...

  • Hips part 1 with Natasha R

    In this practice we will focus on creating a balance between strength and mobility in your hips. We’ll begin seated, and then progress to a series of standing and supine poses that will increase the range of motion in your hips and also activate an important hip stabilizer. Prepare to experience ...

  • Hips part 2 with Natasha R

    In this practice we will focus on creating a balance between strength and mobility in your hips. We’ll begin seated, and then progress to a series of standing and supine poses that will increase the range of motion in your hips and also activate an important hip stabilizer. Prepare to experience ...

  • Shoulders part 2 with Natasha R

    In this practice, we’ll work on developing the shoulder strength and mobility that contribute to Full Arm Balance. Along the way, we’ll also tone the legs and abdomen, so the entire body becomes alert and engaged. The class finishes with a Handstand but does not require that you already have ease...

  • Shoulders Part 1 with Natasha R

    In this practice, we’ll work on developing the shoulder strength and mobility that contribute to Full Arm Balance. Along the way, we’ll also tone the legs and abdomen, so the entire body becomes alert and engaged. The class finishes with a Handstand but does not require that you already have ease...

  • Twists Part 2 with Natasha R

    Move through a progressive series of postures exploring the essential actions and alignment of Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A). Build strength and flexibility in the spine and core, and develop an understanding of the relationships and transitions between poses. With this clarity, you'll be ...

  • Twists part 1 with Natasha R

    Move through a progressive series of postures exploring the essential actions and alignment of Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A). Build strength and flexibility in the spine and core, and develop an understanding of the relationships and transitions between poses. With this clarity, you'll be ...

  • Flow: Upside Down - Stand on Your Hands • Natasha Rizopoulos • 60 min

    In this practice, we’ll work on developing the shoulder strength and mobility that contribute to Full Arm Balance. Along the way, we’ll also tone the legs and abdomen, so the entire body becomes alert and engaged. The class finishes with a Handstand but does not require that you already have ease...

  • Flow: Take Flight – Arm Balances for Everyone • Natasha Rizopoulos • 60 min

    In this playful practice, we’ll examine the essential actions and intentions that inform a variety of arm balances. Whether you are refining an existing relationship with these shapes or looking to build one, you’ll establish a deeper understanding of the combination of strength and mobility tha...

  • Flow: Refine and Deepen • Natasha Rizopoulos • 40 min

    Move through a progressive series of postures exploring the essential actions and alignment of Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A). Build strength and flexibility in the shoulders and core, and develop an understanding of the relationships and transitions between poses. With this clarity, you'll ...

  • Flow: Strong Legs, Powerful Practice: Part 2 • Natasha Rizopoulos • 65 min

    Develop stability and mobility in your legs and hips and feel the effects throughout your practice. This class will focus upon poses in which the hips are neutral, lengthening the hamstrings and hip flexors to release congestion and find freedom in the lower body.

  • Flow: Strong Legs, Powerful Practice: Part 1 • Natasha Rizopoulos • 60 min

    Develop stability and mobility in your legs and hips and feel the effects throughout your practice. This class will focus upon poses in which the hips are in external rotation, lengthening the inner thighs and strengthening the outer hips to cultivate balance and power.

  • Flow: Mobilizing the Upper Back • Natasha Rizopoulos • 70 min

    In this backbending practice, we’ll bring more awareness, strength and movement to the thoracic, a part of the spine that tends to get stiffer and more rounded over time. The class will focus on poses that bring more intelligence and mobility to this region, using a series of progressive backbend...

  • Flow: Long and Strong — Maximize Your Hip Opening • Natasha Rizopoulos • 60 min

    In this practice we will focus on creating a balance between strength and mobility in your hips. We’ll begin seated, and then progress to a series of standing and supine poses that will increase the range of motion in your hips and also activate an important hip stabilizer. Prepare to experience ...

  • Flow: All About the Core • Natasha Rizopoulos • 65 min

    In today’s strengthening practice we’ll examine several aspects of Core stabilization. We’ll explore the deep abdominals, spinal muscles, hip flexors and side hips, all elements that contribute to integrated balance and tone. This work will allow you to radiate strength from your center in all yo...